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Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 11:03 am

The Capitals have signed center Brooks Laich to a six-year contract worth $27 million.

There was concern among the Caps faithful that Laich would be on his way out of town, considering he was set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

"It wasn't very stressful at all," said Laich of the negotiating process. "Washington was easily my first choice. I gave my agent instructions that I fully intended to return to Washington and that was my only choice. I wasn't looking to test the market."

Keeping Laich was important to the Capitals. He's a solid, two-way player who contributed 16 goals and 32 assists last season for the Caps after a career-high 25 goals and 59 points the season before.

"He's really important to this team," Capitals GM George McPhee said. "This guy is committed. I think lots of other teams were going after him. This is an important guy for us."

"My intent the whole time was to return," Laich said. "That was the only option. We got to a point where it got very close to the draft and I really wanted to get the deal done so I knew for sure I’d be going back to Washington. You never know (what) could happen at the draft; they could have made trades or gone in another direction. I didn’t want to lose Washington."

It might have taken a couple of days longer, but the only thing anybody is losing is the free-agent market, down one of the better players that would have been available.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:32 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

I was figuring he was worth $3.5 mil... $4 mil a year, tops, since he isn't exactly first line talent, but I guess it makes sense that a team would want to hang onto a solid two-way player that can jump into all situations, and not only that, is consistently one of the hardest working men on the ice.  The Caps may have overpaid a little bit for him, but I don't blame them... they know what they get with him, and it doesn't come with glaring holes in his game.  I guess I could chalk up the extra $0.5 mil+ as "the cost of intangibles," and/or "peace of mind tax," in which case, good signing.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:24 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

I wonder how this contract is going to look after 3 seasons.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:01 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

I've stopped trying to find the rhyme and reason behind what players' attributes command what salary. The Capitals obviously view him as a valuable commodity, and figure he's worth $4.5 million per season, if his salary is spread evenly throughout his contract.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

toughest guy on the caps.  we needed him.  good signing

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:42 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

I agree with everyone who thinks Brooks Laich is a good all-around hockey player. But 4.5 M for 6 years seems a bit excessive to me.
To think that a player like Ryan Kesler got a 30 M / 6 year deal and Laich gets 27 M / 6 year doesn`t really add up.

Laich will play on the second powerplay unit, will kill penalties and will play his heart out every night, however, he does have the talent of a GREAT 3rd liner or a normal 2nd liner. You have to take into consideration that his stats are a bit higher than they should be because of his linemates.

IMHO, I think a salary of 3.6 M to 3.9 M per year should have been awarded. 

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:36 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Ahhh SteelWood speaks!  And here I thought that his Pissburgh community service sentence would have him too busy to comment on all things Capitals.

There are other qualities besides goal scoring that make a player valuable to his team.  I would expect someone who complains about Ovechkin at length to be aware of this.  Brooks Laich should've been the captain of the team; maybe now he has that chance...

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:13 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

I have to disagree. Guy scores 16 goals last year and gets rewarded with a $4.5M per season contract? What does that make Tyler Kennedy worth now? This is an over inflated deal and the Caps will regret it in about a year or two.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:20 pm

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Good deal for the Caps. Laich probably would've been the most complete player in free agency this year, and likely would've got a deal more than $5 mill.

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